Beginning in the 12th century, the Roman Catholic Church initiated formal prosecution against anyone dissenting with the teachings of the Church and/or authority of the Papacy. Baptized Christians who erred in their faith could be accused of heresy, and secular non-Christians could be charged with blasphemy. Torture and death were the common punishments for those found guilty. The institution was known as The Inquisition, and in it's various forms, has lasted over 800 years. The surviving, present day form of this institution is The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, renamed such in 1965" (http://snipurl.com/srznm). "From the beginning of the Papacy, until the present time, it is estimated by credible historians that more than 50,000,000, men and women have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy charged against them by Papal Rome" (http://snipurl.com/srzo3). "I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus..." (Revelation 17:6).